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Re: Giro 2020 - Big Preview
« on: September 29, 2020, 13:21 »

Stage 1 sees riders compete for the race’s first Maglia Rosa over a 15kilometer individual time trial from Monreale to Palermo. The following day, Sunday 4 October’s stage from Alcamo to Agrigento will be targeted by the puncheurs with its short, sharp climb to finish. Monday 5 October will host the Giro’s first day at altitude – a 150km  stage from Enna to Etna (reaching 1775m from Linguaglossa to Piano Provenzana). The climb, previously ridden in part in 2011, will be attacked from the North (Linguaglossa) before riders reach Piano Provenzana at the top. The next day will be the 2020 Giro’s last on the island, starting Stage 4 in Catana and finishing in Villafranca Tirrena.

The region of Calabria will then host Stage 5, covering 225km from Mileto to Camigliatello Silano with a ‘gentle’ 22km-long final climb. Thursday 8 October (Stage 6) from Castrovillari to Matera will be a prime target for breakaway attacks while the next day’s stage from Matera to Brindisi is more likely to result in a sprint finish. The race’s eighth stage, on mixed terrain, will bring the peloton from Giovinazzo to Vieste (Gargano), with a final circuit of 12.7km. Sunday 11 October will see riders begin in San Salvo and finish in Roccaraso (Aremogna) for Stage 9, one of the significant changes to the first half of this year’s route. The stage, set in the Apennine mountains, features over 4,000m of elevation. Riders will climb Passo Lanciano, Passo di San Leonardo amd Bosco di Sant’Antonio. The climbs are long, with the first reaching double-digit gradients. The stage finishes with a 10km long climb averaging a gradient of 5.7%. Monday 12 October will be this Giro’s first rest day.


Week two of the Corsa Rosa begins in the Abruzzo region, with Stage 10 taking place from Lanciano to Tortoreto over 177km. Then Stage 11 will be raced between the regions of Le Marche and Emilia Romagna, on Wednesday 14 October, from Porto Sant’Elpidio to Rimini. The following day the action starts and finishes in Cesenatico for Stage 12 on a challenging route that follows that of the Gran Fondo Nove Colli, now in its 50th edition.

We go from Cervia to Monselice for Stage 13; 192km that will bring the peloton from Emilia Romagna to Veneto where the Individual Time Trial from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene will be contested on Saturday 17. It’s a very demanding 34km test against the clock (including, in the first part, the hard, short climb of the Ca’ del Poggio) between the Prosecco Superiore hills that became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.

A key stage in the Corsa Rosa will start from the Rivolto air base, home of the Frecce Tricolori, on Sunday 18. The finish is in Piancavallo – which will also be the Montagna Pantani – after having climbed Sella Chianzutan, Forcella di Monte Rest and Forcella di Pala Barzana. Monday 19 is the second and final rest day, in Udine.


The Corsa Rosa enters the final and decisive week with a stage raced entirely in the Friuli region. It starts from Udine and finishes in San Daniele del Friuli, with Monte Ragogna at the end – to be climbed three times – included in the two 27km circuit laps.
On Wednesday 21 October (Stage 17) the action will start from Bassano del Grappa and finish in Madonna di Campiglio after 202km. The stage includes more than 5,000 meters of climbing that features the Forcella Valbona, plus Monte Bondone from the Aldeno side and the Durone Pass before the finish line.

The 18th stage from Pinzolo to Laghi di Cancano (an unprecedented finish), in the Stelvio National Park will be one of the hardest of the Corsa Rosa. From the start the route heads uphill to face Campo Carlo Magno, then Passo Castrin and the Passo dello Stelvio (Cima Coppi) from the Prato allo Stelvio side. After the descent, the climb to the Laghi di Cancano is attacked straight away. Stage 19, from Morbegno to Asti, is the longest stage of the 103rd Giro at 251km, and probably the last opportunity for the sprinters to take a victory.

Stage 20, taking place Saturday 24 October, from Alba to Sestriere (Tappa Bartali) will be breathtaking. It will see riders immediately climbing up towards the 2,744m Colle dell'Agnello. The route will cross the French border to face the Col d’Izoard then return to Italy from Monginevro to face the final ascent of Sestriere from the Cesana Torinese side.
The Giro ends on Sunday 25 October with the Individual Time Trial from Cernusco sul Naviglio, 2020 European City of Sport, to Milan, in Piazza Duomo under the Madonnina. It’s a flat 15.7km ITT to close this 103rd edition.

As usual, a very detailed analysis of all stages of the route can by found in the Cyclingnews Forum Thread, created by Eshnar.
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